Created by Richard Levinson & William Link
HARRY TENAFLY (James McEachin) was what most television P.I.s weren't -- a happily married, middle-class family man with no interest in violence, beautiful women or baffling crimes.
Unfortunately for Harry, trouble couldn't stay away from him, despite his best efforts. In fact, it was one of the reasons he left the LAPD. Mind you, with a young family to support, a gig at a large Los Angeles private detective agency also offered better pay.
Tenafly was the first post-Columbo series to be produced by the good lieutenant's creators, Richard Levinson and William Link, and was also a star vehicle for James McEachin, an enormously likable character actor with an everyman quality about him.
The character and the series stood in sharp contrast to the other series about an African-American private eye that debuted that same season -- Shaft. In fact, Levinson and Link may not have conceived the character as black; McEachin just happened to be the actor who embodied the qualities they wanted. Only four 90-minute episodes were produced as part of NBC's Mystery Movie wheel (and a pilot, previously aired) and I remember next to nothing about them except I thought McEachin deserved better. The show might have played better as a weekly hour rather than stretched to 90 minutes.
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